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Citi Bike Is Finally Rolling Into Greenpoint and North Williamsburg

citi-bike-program-1-224x300There’s good news and bad news for North Brooklynites who’ve been wondering when the hell Citi Bike would come above North 3rd Street. Today the bike-share service, which just got a new parent company and CEO, announced in an email to members that it will add 6,000 new bikes and 375 new stations by 2017. The first of those stations, to be installed next year, will be in Greenpoint, northern Williamsburg and Long Island City. Bushwick will eventually get service as well — though for the forceable future it’ll have to make do with that double-decker Citi Bike. Other neighborhoods slated for service are Bed-Stuy, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Red Hook, and Gowanus.
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Spotted: Michael Alig Recalling the Trashy East Village, Going to IHOP

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Back in May, Michael Alig, fresh off of 17 years in prison, told us, “I honestly had no idea that there’d be people waiting at the gate when I got out, and that TMZ would be following me through the West Village.” Today we spotted camera crews following him through the East Village as he and club-kid-turned-tv-personality James St. James strolled down Avenue A.
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Looks Like the ‘Looking For a Girlfriend’ Backlash Has Begun

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

When we announced that Dan “Looking For a Girlfriend” Perino would be speed dating at our Bedford + Bowery Bazaar, a “Concerned EVer” commented, “This person has made such an ass of himself in the EV that I cannot imagine ANYONE actually being interested in him.” Either that commenter has access to a Sharpie or others feel the same way, because here, above, is what someone has done with at least two flyers announcing Perino’s new Indiegogo campaign. 
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Watch: The Costumed Canines of The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

Saturday at Tompkins Square Park, the dog days of summer officially ended as canines of all sizes paraded around in the Halloween spirit. With hundreds of pups and twice as many people crowding into the park, no costume went unrepresented.

This year, the contest’s top contenders included a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt in Night at the Museum, and the obligatory “Barking Bad” duo. Watch our video to see a couple of honorable mentions — the Shake Shack and “The Greatest City in the World” — and many more doggies in disguise.

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Pat Kiernan Just Invited the Mayor to The Gutter

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We’re a little bowled over by this.

Everyone’s favorite adorkable news anchor, NY1′s Pat Kiernan, just invited the governor and mayor to his next bowling night at The Gutter, the bowling alley where Ebola victim Craig Spencer hung out before coming down with symptoms of the deadly disease.
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Confirmed: Ebola Victim Took L Train, Bowled at The Gutter

2-thegutterNew York City’s first Ebola patient bowled at The Gutter the day before he came down with symptoms, city officials confirmed tonight.

Health commissioner Mary Travis Bassett said the 33-year-old doctor, who has been widely identified as Dr. Craig Spencer, rode the A train to the L train to arrive at the dive on the Williamsburg-Greenpoint border and bowled there with friends. “He was feeling well at that time except for his feeling of fatigue,” Bassett said at a press conference, stressing that he didn’t yet have the symptoms — fever, diarrhea, etc. — that accompany contagiousness. Still, the bar has closed “out of an abundance of caution,” according to Bassett. She added that the health department would be on site tomorrow to “look at the bowling alley.”
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Brooklyn Subway Stations Won’t Get WiFi For Another Year

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Governor Cuomo — fresh off of plugging his new book — announced today that 40 more NYC subway stations have been equipped with wifi, bringing the grand total to 76. Unfortunately for the iPhone-happy denizens of Brooklyn, none of those stations are in their borough, and it’ll be at least another year till G train riders can live the dream of streaming Jonathan Toubin’s groovy new Halloween mix in lieu of listening to the pitter-patter of track rats. (Hey, in the meantime you can always grin and bear that album U2 put onto your iTunes.)
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With Homelessness Up, Bowery Mission Is in ‘Urgent Need’ of Pantry Items

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

The pantry at The Bowery Mission is bleakly bare. Where once enough food was stored to fill up the small shopping carts of the homeless who came in looking for comfort every two weeks, now the organization has to suggest its members come only once a month. It’s in “urgent need” of more food.
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$3.5 Million Will Create Jobs, Curb Garbage Juice

Rabbi Niederman speaks at Council Member Stephen Levin's press conference today in Williamsburg (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Rabbi Niederman speaks at Council Member Stephen Levin’s press conference today in Williamsburg (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Today in South Williamsburg, Council Member Stephen Levin announced the allocation of new city funding for cleanup efforts across the city. The program– the City’s Council $3.5 million Cleanup NYC Initiative– aims to install better public trash bins and beautify public spaces and streets while contributing to a generally more, er, sanitized New York City. Because apparently having streets in Williamsburg and Greenpoint that the Mayor’s Office rated 83 percent to 96.6 percent “acceptable” is nowhere near clean enough.
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Villagers Ask Cops to Do Something About Cyclists and Squatters

Lt. Patrick Ferguson (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Lt. Patrick Ferguson (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

After a summer recess, the Ninth Precinct’s community council resumed its monthly meetings last night, drawing a large turnout of locals to the East Fifth Street station house. Deputy Inspector Peter J. Venice announced that crime in his precinct was down overall by 4 percent with declines in all categories except felony assault during the last 28 days. But residents still griped about everything from loud music at rooftop ragers to rats scurrying out of “filthy” apartment buildings.
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